Synonyms & Antonyms of partisan

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variants: also partizan

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1 one who follows the opinions or teachings of another
  • partisans of the charismatic leader refuse to tolerate any criticism of him at all

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2 one who is intensely or excessively devoted to a cause
  • a partisan of the revolution who was even willing to give her life for it

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3 one who stubbornly or intolerantly adheres to his or her own opinions and prejudices
  • she's too much of a political partisan to ever concede that the other side might have a valid point

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How is the word partisan different from other nouns like it?

Some common synonyms of partisan are adherent, disciple, and follower. While all these words mean "one who gives full loyalty and support to another," partisan suggests a zealous often prejudiced attachment.

partisans of the President

When could adherent be used to replace partisan?

The synonyms adherent and partisan are sometimes interchangeable, but adherent suggests a close and persistent attachment.

adherents to Marxism

When might disciple be a better fit than partisan?

While the synonyms disciple and partisan are close in meaning, disciple implies a devoted allegiance to the teachings of one chosen as a master.

disciples of Gandhi

When can follower be used instead of partisan?

Although the words follower and partisan have much in common, follower may apply to people who attach themselves either to the person or beliefs of another.

an evangelist and his followers

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The first known use of partisan was in 1542

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“Partisan.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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